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Beauty and the Beast (2017)
Water and CGI does not an instant classic make
As a fan of the original Disney film (Personally I feel it's their masterpiece) I was taken aback to the fact that a new version was in the making. Still excited I had high hopes for the film. Most of was shattered in the first 10 minutes. Campy acting with badly performed singing starts off a long journey holding hands with some of the worst CGI Hollywood have managed to but to screen in ages.
A film that is over 50% GCI, should focus on making that part believable, unfortunately for this film, it's far from that. It looks like the original film was ripped apart frame by frame and the beautiful hand-painted drawings have been replaced with digital caricatures. Besides CGI that is bad, it's mostly creepy. As the little teacup boy will give me nightmares for several nights to come. Emma Watson plays the same character as she always does, with very little acting effort and very little conviction as Belle. Although I can see why she was cast in the film based on merits, she is far from the right choice for the role. Dan Stevens does alright under as some motion captured dead-eyed Beast, but his performance feels flat as well. Luke Evans makes for a great pompous Gaston, but a character that has little depth doesn't really make for a great viewing experience. Josh Gad is a great comic relief just like the original movie's LeFou. Other than that, none of the cast stands out enough for me to remember them. Human or CHI creature. I was just bored through out the whole experience. And for a project costing $160 000 000, I can see why the PR department is pushing it so hard because they really need to get some cash back on this pile of wet stinky CGI-fur!
All and all, I might be bias from really loving Disney's first adaptation. That for me marks the high-point of all their work, perfectly combining the skills of their animators along with some CGI in a majestic blend. This film however is more like the bucket you wash off your paintbrush in, it has all the same colors, but muddled with water and to thin to make a captivating story from. The film is quite frankly not worth your time, you would be better off watching the original one more time.
The Edge of Seventeen (2016)
Unlikable film with an even more unlikable lead
I gave this movie an extra point for Woody Harrelsson and for the witty dialogue, but besides that, there is absolutely nothing likable about this film.
Nadie is a whiny and self-centered young girl, with imaginary problems and self-created drama. Besides this film being obvious and so boring that you sigh out loud several times, there is just nothing redeeming about Nadine. I can see that she has had a rough time in life, but her father's death doesn't seem to disturb her nearly as much as her friend dating her brother. And it kind of leads you to think if this is a movie about mental health issued mistaken for a comedy, because Nadine is just angry and rude. I found it hard rooting for a girl that is just a horrible person.
The worst part about this film is the message it sends, "Your life is worth nothing if you don't have a boyfriend" because that is what is all comes down to. Krista just like Nadie have a 180 on their personality as soon as they get a steady beau. Then you can be open and social and make new friends, if you are single you are not worth anything and you should just stay in your room and get drunk. Alternatively kill yourself, because loosing a parent is not enough to put you over the edge, but your friend dating, that is want to make you jump in front of a truck. I would have wanted this script tossed in front of a truck, and I wouldn't have wasted a Sunday night watching this useless mess.
Nice tunes, OK film
A good film, with great music.
Disney have gotten to the point where they no longer make movies, they make musicals. There have always been songs in Disneys films, but they were to convey something, not to hide the lack of plot. Disney has clearly spent a lot of time on the music, and the obligatory "I'll tell the audience what I want"-song is great. All the other songs sounds just a bit to much alike, with the exception of Maui's song. The first part of the film is well executed, the background of Moana's life, her relationship with her family and the world around her, hopes, dreams and wishes. It's great and emotional. But from the moment she takes off it feels more like you are watching a few shot films cut together into one. Every section so so disconnected from the rest that the plot is about as great as a 8-bit video game. There is the Disney "Minions" coconut army. There is the giant singing crab bit. There is the Te Fiti section. That is it! Inbetween those bits you have the same glue-like formula; Maui pushes Moana in the ocean, the ocean brings her back, the chicken is "derp", Moana talks about Maui's responsibility.
I liked the film, but I feel that it had more potential then what was done. The plot is weak and underdeveloped. Moana is the only character that has depth (well she better be since there are barley anyone else in the film). Maui is more of a bully older brother and his behavior gets old really fast. The chicken is a great comic relief, but really serves no purpose other than that through out the whole film. The best part is Moana's relationship with her grandmother, disregard that she comes back like a Jedi, a scene that actually made her previous death less emotional.
I don't regret watching the film, but when I look back I don't feel it was really worth going to the movies for. Unless you watch a massive IMAX 3D version, you might as well wait for the Blu-ray to come out.
The Girl with All the Gifts (2016)
Save your time and money, don't watch this.
As a person that like all things zombie I feel that I can accept much. Nomatter budget or story, most zombie films have something to offer. This one however is quite frankly one of the worst things I've come across. I can handle bad acting, sans Glenn Close that is the only person in the film worth paying attention to. But the rest, I've never been so happy about a gag on child actors, just to not have to put up with their horrible non talent. Usually violence is used when you don't have narrative, and in this film it is very obvious, as random attacks on animals is what used to tug at your interest when enough violence against humans have been used. It is a zombie film after all. Or is it? Fungi infected people are more like retarded junkies on a 24/7 psycho-trip than any type of zombie. The reason this was launched as some sort of zombie film is to cash in on the zombie craze. (Just like vampires was all the rage a few years ago) And for the first time I feel that enough is enough, as someone that loves zombies I have come to the end of my rope, and I just want to hang the creators of the film in it.
Goodbye zombies, please rest in peace from now on. And save us from pieces of crap that this film is.
Save your time and your money, do not watch this film.
Amazing film, one of the best horror films of 2016
I came across this by accident, and I am so glad I did. This is by far one of the best horror films of 2016.
Set on a high speed train traveling through South Korea on just another day, the passengers are trapped inside a fast paced metal coffin of death, along with victims from a virus outbreak. It doesn't take long until the the situation is out of control and people are forced to defend themselves against certain death any way they can. The film is a road-map into the emotions of humans in a crisis. Ans we get to watch in horror as fear and panic claims just as many lives as the infected. We follow a random selection of passengers, but we closely follow the divorced father who has brought his young daughter on the train to visit her mother on her birthday. That movement from train-car to train-car could be a step towards safety just as death, and all the traits that make up who you are could be what saves you or lead to your demise.
Amazing performances from the entire cast. Especially from young Soo-an Kim. Cinematography is great and some scenes are nothing short of astonishing. A film that constantly have your heart pounding and doesn't leave you unmoved. A must see for the horror fan.
Fear the Walking Dead (2015)
Fear the TALKING LIVING
This show is for some reason called a zombie show, but be alert, because if there is a zombie in there you will miss it if you blink. What you instead will have an abundance of: Family drama. Teenangers acting out. Talking about how drugs are bad. More family drama. The whole show is just unlikable characters that do unlikeable things. Playing games during an apocalypse, putting an entire society at risk to go look at some lights, trying to talk sense into zombies, capture and torture people for hours because you feel that you are entitled to or a trained soldier missing a shot at a target standing still 6 feet away. And that's just the first few episodes. I got angry watching this show. First frustrated, then just angry. I understand that a bar has been set about zombies on TV, that you are supposed to talk about feelings and spend episodes on end debating leadership. But this show is just bad.
The only thing worth fearing is that AMC makes more of this, Fear the talking living!
The Walking Dead (2010)
It used to be about zombies, now it's just about the drama
When this show first came out I was excited. The idea of a zombie-television show to give us many hours of zombie medium rather than just a 2 hour film. The first season was only 6 episodes, but it showed potential. Aswe quickly grew to love some of the characters, and hope for a zombie death for the rest. It was actually nice, rather than watching any other show you knew that the characters you hate really have a good chance of dying. Then came season two, that was so slow and full strange decisions. The only thing that kept me interested was the fact that we did see main characters die. But it quickly became clear that this show had a formula, a somewhat uneven first half of a season and something huge happening in the mid-season finale to keep viewers on their seat. And them an unbearable slow second half that is laying groundwork for the next season, with something happening in the final episode that is supposed to reel viewers back in again. The show is no longer about zombies or lost humans trying to survive, it has become an all-time drama with whiny characters that spend most of the episode like it's a weekly visit with their therapist. All the survivor skills presented in season 1 seem just forgotten. This show is more like The Road, but sometime there is a zombie. There has been some amazing character development among some of the characters, but they are few compared to the rest. TWD has an array of cliché characters, that for some reason are supposed to be taken seriously. One dimensional characters that are no more than cannon fodder. Every single female on the show (Michonne excluded) are introduced as either stupid, incompetent or both. Far be it for me to wonder why writers make sure that they all make decisions with their vagina's, and should only be used as human shields when zombies are coming. Behaviour patterns are questionable, such as bringing kids into a zombie- infested world when you can abort, crashing your car in the middle of an empty road and going off into the woods on your own when you don't have to. Add to that, getting drunk and setting a cabin on fire in the middle of the night, alerting zombies and humans to your location and then hiking through a dark forest full of zombies. Or turning your back on a room with a zombie just so that you can watch pictures on the wall.
For anyone watching the show with their eyes open, or even half open, you can see any event coming for miles. No death is a surprise. Especially colored characters, since as soon as a black person dies another will be added to the group. If by any chance a black person is added before anyone dies, then you know a death is coming. Glenn is the safest character on the show since he is the only Asian. Not to mention Carl or Judith, whom should have died over and over again but the show is to scared to make anything actually realistic.
(I will disregard the idea of "realism" that the show want to portray, since even a reanimated corpse would turn to liquid after a few months and petrol would not work after that same time.) But resorting to the realism that the show want to give a viewer, no one would turn down water or have random hissy fits they way they do. Not wanting to teach the children how to defend themselves, choosing to let enemies live or keep zombies in your barn. Every single bit of drama is so forced, such as not letting Rick stab the dead in the brain in order to have them stay dead. Instead a 20 min conversation with Herchel need to happened in front of people, just to force in tension that isn't there.
The show used to be an actual zombie show, now there are barely any zombies in it. The first season had to be censured because it was to gritty, as off now nothing is censured because nothing is happening. Huge money is spend every episode on zombie makeup, but you rarely see anyone killed by a zombie. Instead we get to enjoy the never ending issues of men pissing in their own turf.
The show is unoriginal. I know it comes as a shock to anyone under 25 but there have been many many many zombie related works over the years. And TWD is just copying all of them. The first episode is a ripoff from 28 days later, the following seasons variations of Romeros work, mostly Dawn of the Dead and Day of the Dead, and Woodbury + the Governor is pretty much Toy Story 3. TWD prove that with enough money, you can do anything. A show with no plot is pushed out with never ending commercials and follow up talk to explain to the tweens and soccer-moms watching what they just saw. Because the real zombie fans that liked this show from the beginning only watch the season once it out in whole, or have stopped watching all together.
Fantastic Four (2015)
Not fantastic at all
I had no expectations on this film. I mainly watched it because of the talent that is Miles Teller. But Teller can not carry this film alone. Teller and Jordan have had great chemistry in previous work, in this film some of it could be seen, but most of the time the lines seem forced and fake. That goes for anyone involved in the project. This film was not fantastic at all, if anything it was really bland. All characters comes off as one-dimensional and with no real connection at all. It feels like you could have replaced any of them at any time and it wouldn't have mattered for the film. There was really nothing new or original, as this film comes off just as a copy of the directors previous work and every single event is coming in on the obvious-train. A person who haven't read the comic could still guess the events and actions in this film, from beginning till end.
This is not the reboot you are looking for. Move along.
Z Nation (2014)
This show has 101 quotable one-liners. Great character development and an awesome story.
I like zombies. A lot.
At first glance this is a low budget show about zombies. But give it time and it will become so much more than that! The first episodes shifts between old-fashioned zombie gore and frustrating moments that make you want to throw something at the screen, but after a few episodes the series will find a fantastic route to follow and offer an outstanding group of characters. From the isolated Citizen Z, to the former addict Doc, to the great female leader Warren. The character development that is taking place during the course of the series is not only fun but interesting to follow. Then we have Murphy, the selfish prisoner, the likes of which has not been seen in the zombie context since Albert Wesker in Resident Evil. In fact, the series gives the same feeling as playing Resident Evil (1998), to have patience with low budget and odd camera angles because the story is too wonderful for words. Apart from humor and fashioned zombie feeling, the show has 101 awesome one- liners worth quoting again and again. Those who have not yet discovered the charm of Z Nation, take a few hours and watch the series. The last episode is so excellent that it tops all seasons of the TWD.
The Maze Runner (2014)
What did I just watch
I had no expectations on this film, and it left me with just that. I could might as well watched a tree grow for that amount of time. I felt that they spent most of the films budget on making a huge CGI maze. Rather than getting good actors. Not in one single scene is the acting remotely close to believable. I never care about any of the characters. It's obvious from the first scene who will live and who will die during the film. I never worry about Thomas, nor Newt or Minho. The only interesting thing in the film are the Greivers, that you unfortunately barely see and that they don't develop further. Just like the illness or W.C.K.D are left in the dark, so seems most of the script. It all seems rushed. The film have a few decent looking actions scenes, but nothing worth watching the rest of it. If you want to see kids fighting some obscure monsters, you can watch the last ten minutes of the film. If you are looking for something with more substance, you pick something different to watch. Given that this film should be a mix between Lord of the flies and The Cube. It had potential. It just wasn't good.